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    Headphone suggestions

    Hey all

    I've recently moved to the digital side (using a kemper) to get back into some home recording. I'm just wondering if anyone has some suggestions into what headphones I should be looking at for home recording and mixing
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    I'm on the Kemper/Music Man train as well (yay!), and i'm really happy with my Sennheiser HD 558's... They are very comfortable and i have no issues using them for hours and hours on end.

    I haven't A/B'ed them with tons of other headphones, but they work great and the tones i hear in those, are just about what comes out of the PA when i go to rehearsals and gigs

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    For playing, I use Koss Porta Pros. They're light and super comfy, and because they're open the guitar sounds like it's in the room, not boxed inside the headphones. I probably wouldn't use them for mixing though.

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    if you are interested in a combo: high quality craftsmanship, sound, portability I would suggest Sennhesier Momentum 2
    they sound great for guitars , the best I've tried, and I own a few high end in ear and over ear headphones

    they are not extremely flat if you are gonna record /mix for a professional use
    but if it's just fo home it's an extremelly hard to beat al purpose headphone

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    I'm an Axe/FX guy, but can I chime in?

    For your application, you need an open back headphone - I'm rocking a pair of Sennheiser 650s for that.

    The models are differing, but there's lots of love for Sennheiser in this thread.

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    I frequently play through a Torpedo Live at home (for recording, etc.), and find the difference in headphones to be pretty significant. What I used to record through I can't stand for listening to the Torpedo on its own.

    I went looking for something with fairly flat response that wouldn't break the bank. Ended up with a set of Beyerdynamic DT 880s and have been very happy.

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    I went for Audio Technica ATH-M40x. I like the sound, I enjoy both listening to music with them and recording with them and they are comfortable for long periods. The marketing blurb says it has a "flat" frequency response, and it may indeed be flatter than the higher priced M50x, but it's not flat. But no headphone is and closed-back headphones while great for recording are typically further from "flat" than open-backed headphones. Still, a very highly rated headphone and great bang for your buck in the $100 range.
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    Thank you very much for your replies very helpful as always. I'll see if I can check out the ones suggested. I feel I may be better off then buying one pair for recording purposes, then another later on for jamming out on the kemper.
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    I use the Audio Technica M50x. I have zero complaints.


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    Mo-Fi Blue. Totally awesome, is like playing without headphones


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    The DT 880s Beej recommended are studio standards. I use those and the custom one pros--the custom one pros allow you change the bass porting on the fly to make sure the bass response is to your liking and I use these more for entertainment.

    Try to match the headphone impedance to the output as best you can. This is important. If you have hard-to-drive cans running through an anemic output amp, it will not give you what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Beats By Dre *dodges bottles*
    Haha, I only use them when recording lil Wayne on the guitar XD
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